Apr 19, 2010

Is the basis of patent system flawed?

…the paper finds that due to technological advances and the ability to more rapidly and easily communicate and collaborate widely, these forms of innovation (innovation for direct use as well as collaborative innovation) are becoming more and more viable across a variety of industries, which in the past may have relied more on the old way of innovating (single company innovative for the profit of selling that product). And, in fact, because of the ease of communication and collaboration these days, there's tremendous incentive for those companies that innovate for their own use to collaborate with others, since the benefit from others improving as well help improve their own uses. Thus, the overall incentives are to move much more to a collaborative form of innovation in the market.

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Apr 18, 2010

Half a day of Posterous

First of all, I got the idea of Posterous a bit backward: I sort of thought autoposting would aggregate, rather than disperse my posts.

On the other hand, this maynot be such a bad thing, that it does not aggregate.

The site feels a bit less refined than, say, Tumblr or Twitter. Less refined in a sense that it is a bit jerky, shows a few rough corners here and there.

Oh, and this is also a test of email posting.

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Apr 17, 2010

FP

Nothing to see here. I have heard of Posterous before, and since I am sort of looking around trying to see what works best for me (if I wanted to leave Blogger), for my very occasional writing… Maybe this is it? Or this could be sort of an aggregation of may other things I wrote elsewhere. We'll see.

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Apr 12, 2010

This war reminds my of children sandbox…

NYT reports (and Wired picks it up) that:
Google is almost ready to start selling its own tablet. The device, according to the New York Times, will be “an e-reader that would function like a computer.”

Now, don't get me wrong, but I ain't buying. Google was a great company, while it stuck to what it was doing best: search and web technologies. Going mobile phones, netbook computers and tablets is not their strength. Eric Schmidt is loosing his marbles and can loose the company together with them.

He just nails it

This writing was on the wall for a looooong time, ever since Apple vs. Sun feud about Java.
… it is pretty easy to see why supporting other runtimes is ceding a lot of control to a 3rd party. Imagine if 10% of the apps on iPhone came from Flash. If that was the case, then ensuring Flash didn’t break release to release would be a big deal, much bigger than any other compatibility issues. [source]
Apple was there. They were maintaing Java compatibility themselves, making Mac OS X the best Java development platform and getting a bad rap for alway lagging behind the newest in java world. They clearly do not want the same with Flash or any other 3rd party crap.

Apr 5, 2010

MarsEdit

MarsEdit is an awesome editor for a weblog. The only thing I wish it could do is publish converted content, i.e. allow me to write using Textile or Markdown markup, yet commit to Blogger and such HTML.

My $0.02 on iPad

First of all, I am glad that for once I had a vision :)

This is nothing too big, and I was not original, but I kinda-sorta thought that iPad would be a great name: it leverages off the ThinkPad name brand, it follows the suit of other "i" products (iPod, iPhone, iWork, iMac, etc.), it gives you an idea about the form-factor (it's a 'pad,' not a 'slate,' not a 'tablet').

But this is not what I wanted to write about. I am torn between Gruber and Doctorow. Between Pilgrim and Ihnatko. I am not sure anymore where's the dark side, where's the light one. Nor whether all I am seeing is just the duct tape…

I am no RMS. I do not have any will power to stay the course consistently, driving his point on free software with religious rigor. I like it when things just work, though I also love to tinker with things, trying to figure why/how/if things work. I am a tinkerer, but I am not making any living out of that and this makes me a weakling, easy to fall for a nice and shiny package.

I love my MacBook Pro. I loved my PowerBook G4 and still love it. But I also love the power of logging into my FreeBSD box which served me as a server for many years. I am immensely greateful to those people who've spent uncounted hours getting *BSD or Linux distros to work, taking them to the level they're no on. None of this could ever happen had the world been just a little more closed, restrictive and locked-in as it seems to becoming now.

Or is it? Is it truly as closed as we think? Maybe this is merely a point of view, based on what we, we've our baggage of the past 20-30 years perceive to be open or closed? Or is this a gradually restricted, slowly turning onto myself me talking? The 'me' that is turning against 'me'?

I am torn. I don't know what's light and what's dark…